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Comment Re:I bet they're not. (Score 1) 40 40

An out of court settlement is not the same as banning.

Hopefully many new numbered companies will jump in providing DNS services to ISPs worldwide. That seems to be their strategy.

There are no laws governing DNS, just open standards. Media conglomerates have been trying to manipulate those for years. Time for the good guys to step in and do so as well and see how that plays out.

Comment Re: Google (Score 1) 269 269

I doubt there is any filter anywhere that won't have an occasional false positive. I have had a couple. Also occasionally a spam will sneak through. That said, I use a catch-all on my domain so I get a huge amount of spam. I'm continuously impressed that it picks out my mere dozens of legit emails from the 5-10 thousand spams I get every month.

I have run my own mail server in the past. I doubt I could do any better.

Comment Re:Perhaps this is a good thing? (Score 1) 113 113

Absolutely right. I use strong crypto routinely because I can, not because I really have anything to hide.

I would be happy if they waste time and CPU cycles on me. That in itself will help others. And if everybody did what I do, I don't think they could afford the cost of keeping up, though I'm sure that would not stop them from trying.

Comment Re:average joe shmoe doesn't matter (Score 1) 113 113

Further to this.....and not to minimize mass surveillance which I find repugnant.....for most people the countermeasures required to protect themselves from spying is just too inconvenient to make it worthwhile. Most people really don't have anything that important to hide. It will be a plus if developers make it easier for everyone to protect themselves going forward.

But what matters now is that the small percentage of people who really do need to keep secrets from government are now taking measures to do so. If that is the effect of Snowden's revelations then it has been worthwhile, but the metrics in the article will never show that. It's not like those people are going to tell you they have changed their behavior.

Government thinks that you should be able to keep secrets from anybody but them, but history shows it is the government people most need to be able to keep secrets from. It's good that people fully know what they are up against.

And for those who say "but what about the scary terrorists!?" - I say I would rather live in a free country with a risk of terrorism than an ostensibly "safe" police state.

I'm not American, but Benny had it right; "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Ben Franklin.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 0) 372 372

Change has always happened and money has always been spent dealing with it. It's not like we are starting from zero and OMG change is suddenly happening. You'd think the world was static before the 70s.......

Yes, it is warming. It's been warming for most of the historic record (short as that is ) . It is an interglacial so I'd bet on a long term warming trend too.

+ 0.02 ± 0.10 "records" just make it look desperate though. Sorry if I would never bet any actual money on any of their models.

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